Here is a mathematical formula you can count on: the more that evil and immorality and idolatry triumph in a land, the more the attack on Christianity will ramp up. We basically have an inverse ratio going on here: as a culture becomes more ungodly, more immoral and more decadent, the more persecution of Christians we will see.
And there is a very simple and very biblical reason for this. The world loves the darkness and hates the light. The world hates God and it hates his people. As the world gets further and further away from God, its hatred will increase, and they will take their rage out on Christians.
The Bible is quite clear about this. Simply running with three passages from the Gospel of John spells this out perfectly:
John 3:19-20 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
John 15:18-19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
John 17:14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
There you have it: the world loves sin and unrighteousness and it hates God and righteousness. Therefore it especially hated Christ. And because we are Christ’s followers, we can expect exactly the same treatment. As John MacArthur put it, “The more like Christ you are the more the world will treat you like they treated Christ.”
Most Christians talk about wanting to be more like Christ. And well they should. But do they realise that if this is what they really want, then they can expect to get the same treatment that Jesus got? It goes with the territory: the more Christlike you are, the more persecution you will encounter. Guaranteed.
And all around the West we see the moral, spiritual and social decay and ruin getting worse by the day. Ungodliness and immorality abound, so that those who stand true for God and his values are increasingly coming under attack. Whether you are standing up for the unborn or the institution of marriage, you will be getting opposition – big time.
As George Orwell once said, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” I have documented countless cases of this over the years. The anti-truth and anti-Christian bigotry keeps escalating. And so too does the evil and perversion. And our children are especially in the crosshairs. Consider just one recent development in all this.
Hardly anyone had heard of drag queens reading to children in public libraries a few years ago. But now we see this happening everywhere. There has been an explosion of this of late. Last year I wrote a piece about this worrying trend. As I said in the article:
Homosexuals cannot reproduce – they can only recruit. Therefore, seeking to drag children into their sordid lifestyle has always been a big part of the way they operate. This has been going on for decades now, and is getting worse. . . . So anything they can do to get access to our children they will try. And lately they have been pushing a new tactic: having drag queens come into public libraries and read stories to very young kids. That is just another way to soften them up and to seek to normalise the lifestyle of the militants.
But it keeps getting worse, as does the anti-Christian persecution. Consider this shocker of a news item from today:
A Baptist pastor was arrested on Saturday after refusing to move across the street from the Spokane, Washington Public Library while exercising his free speech against a “Drag Queen Story Hour.” The event had a significant militaristic police presence, including camouflaged snipers positioned atop the roof to oversee the large crowd that stood both for and against the men dressed like women reading stories to children.
Afhsin Yaghtin of New Covenant Baptist Church was arrested for obstructing an officer as he contended with police that the South Hill Library is public property and that he should be able to speak adjacent to the facility instead of being required to stand across the street. Video footage posted to social media shows police telling Yaghtin that if he does not support the event, he needs to stand on the other side of the street, away from the library.
“So, I can stand right here,” Yaghtin states to one officer. “No, you are going to need to go across the street,” the officer replies. Yaghtin then speaks to another officer, and is again told to stand across the street. He asserts that the library should be considered public property as the event is solely in one room. “This is a public library. The only event that they’ve reserved is a private room,” Yaghtin argued. “The rest of the library is U.S. property. … I have the right to free speech wherever I want to speak.”
He was soon taken into custody and charged with obstructing the police, or as reports state, “trying to enter the non-designated protest area.” Yaghtin has since been released. According to The Spokesman-Review, an estimated 40 police officers were stationed outside of the library.
Wow, things are spiralling out of control real fast! So now we have small armies of police defending perversion and decadence at all costs, while targeting any concerned citizens and Christians who dare to stand for righteousness and seek to protect our vulnerable children.
If this does not perfectly illustrate what I have been talking about in this piece, I am not sure what would. And yet I just had a guy on the social media claiming that this is not how Christians should act, that it only causes strife and division, and that we should just pray instead. To which I replied:
Of course we pray, but I would rather one brave concerned man taking a stand than all the armchair critics doing nothing. I just wrote on this concerning another brave man: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2019/06/17/give-me-one-real-christian-over-a-thousand-fake-ones/
The simple truth is this: it sure isn’t our side that is causing the strife and division. The other side has declared an all-out war on everything that we believe in and value so dearly. I for one will not just sit by and allow this to happen. I especially will not sit by when our children are under direct assault by the sexual militants. No Christian should sit back and do nothing.
Wakey, wakey: There is a war going on folks. And as the world gets increasingly ungodly, immoral and diabolical, we Christians who really love the Lord and seek to stay true to him and his Word will feel the brunt of the world’s rage and anger. Which side will you be on?
Who will stand for Christ, our country, our faith, our freedom, and our children?